The original Oktoberfest took place on on 12th October 1810, to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. So with this in mind, I was excited to find Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier sitting on the shelf of my local LCBO.
HofBräuhaus has been brewing beer since 1589 and the HofBräuhaus was built in 1897, a place that is definitely on my list of places to visit. At Oktoberfest, Hofbrau boosts that they have the largest beer tent and serve over 550,000 liters of HB-Beer over the 16 day period.
And what about the beer?
The beer pours golden in color with a good head, which leaves excellent lacings as it dissipates. There is a pronounced floral note from the hops in the aroma. This is a fabulous tasting beer. A hop presence throughout but not overpowering. Very clean taste.
This is a quaffable beer which at 6.3% APV could present a problem. Still, it is worth having more than one of this excellent beer.
The Hofbrau beer tent at Oktoberfest